Fire Sprinkler Systems for Church and Non-Profit Groups in NYC

The enforcement of New York City’s Local Law 26, which mandates the retrofit installation of sprinkler systems of nonprofit organizations and churches, is resulting in noncompliance with quarterly fines being assessed until the facility is brought up to code.

The law does not pertain to every building, however, fire sprinklers save lives and property and can significantly reduce property insurance premiums. In order to mitigate insurance rate increases, install fire sprinklers and have them properly inspected and tested by Allstate Sprinkler Corp — NYC’s premier Master Fire Suppression Contractor.

For Non-Profits, Regulations Usually Depend on the Building Size

Local Law 26 is a NYC Building Department ordinance requiring buildings previously exempt to now install fire sprinkler systems. In general, this applies to commercial buildings over 100 feet in height and it was passed into law as part of a series of life safety reforms after the tragedy of 9/11.

Pre-existing laws, however, may require smaller buildings to have fire sprinklers installed as well. In all cases, every business, whether it be for-profit or not-for-profit, would strongly benefit by the installation of fire sprinklers.

One study in 2018 confirmed that fire sprinklers saved over $144 million in property damage in a single county alone. In addition, not a single life was lost to fire in a non-profit facility with a functioning, properly designed and inspected sprinkler system. No other action you can take is more effective in saving lives and property than having a properly maintained and active fire suppression system.

Fire sprinkler systems are designed primarily to contain the spread of a fire — not necessarily to extinguish the fire. Each and every second during a true fire situation is precious and can be the difference between life and death. Each sprinkler head is designed to automatically activate when it detects a specific temperature and fuses at such temperature thereby releasing water and suppressing the flames and heat below.

This prevents the spread and allows for the evacuation of your non-profit or church building. While heat, flames and smoke are suppressed, the fire department has time to arrive and perform their duty.

NFPA 25

The National Fire Protection Association created NFPA 25 to standardize the inspection, testing and maintenance regimen of all water-based fire sprinkler systems. In New York City, however, you must be FDNY-certified to perform these inspections and Allstate Sprinkler can expedite this process.

Inspections and testing occur on the following schedule:

  • Monthly.
  • Quarterly.
  • Annual.

Each inspection is more thorough as the year progresses. Monthly testing consists of a visual inspection of most of the systems’ components. The quarterly test and inspection involves the monthly visual inspections as well as inspecting the sprinkler riser’s hydraulic placard, if relevant, as well as ensuring there is adequate clearance at the main sprinkler components.

The annual test for non-profit facilities requires different regiments to be performed in the 1st year and then again in the 5th year. Every yearly inspection will include all of the monthly and quarterly visual inspections, as well as a complete flow test and full fire pump test. The 5-year inspection includes an internal assessment to assess the potential obstruction of water flow caused by foreign materials or the build-up of sediment.

A weekly inspection should also be performed by in-house personnel to perform a simplified, visual inspection to ensure nothing looks out of place or sprinkler heads are not obstructed by any stock or portable racking/ shelving, etc.

Correcting FDNY Violations

The most frequent FDNY violation(s) that building owners/managers (including non-profits) receive is the failure to keep accurate inspection, testing and maintenance records. We maintain electronic copies of all the inspections and tests performed and have them available immediately upon demand.

If you’ve received a violation, we offer 24/7/365 emergency service available to immediately address and correct all issues. We can respond immediately to all five boroughs, with licensed crews ready for dispatch, in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx.

If you’re assessed with fines for not having a system installed, these fines can bankrupt a non-profit or church and that’s why it’s critical to call us right away.

Why Choose Allstate Sprinkler?

If you’ve ever wondered, “Is there a reputable, reliable, trustworthy and dedicated fire sprinkler contractor in NYC?”, the answer is YES! We’ve serviced landlords and facility directors for decades to deliver expert service throughout NYC.

Our Bronx based business started as a small family-operated business almost 50 years ago.

And from our inception to our present day operation, we offer 24/7/365 emergency service and require all employees to complete a rigorous apprenticeship program. With over 5,000 installations (and counting), we take great pride in our outstanding reputation with the FDNY and the DOB and our partnership with small and large businesses. We’re a proud recipient of The Bronx Business of the Year Award, along with the New York Construction Legacy Award.

We serve all five boroughs of New York City:

  • Bronx.
  • Queens.
  • Staten Island.
  • Manhattan.
  • Brooklyn.

We also serve the entire Greater NYC area, including:

  • Westchester County.
  • Nassau County.
  • Suffolk County.
  • Lower Hudson Valley.
  • Northern New Jersey.

How to Get Started

If you’re a non-profit or church interested in installing a fire sprinkler system, look no further. We’ll just need some simple information and look forward to working together. Please complete the form to get started.